For years, the Florida Legislature has done a lousy job of getting money to people who successfully sue a city, county or public school after a death or serious injury. It’s little wonder that lawmakers want to change the way the money is paid out.
But this year’s efforts at reform have produced little but tumult and stalemate. Reform would make it easier for families to recover money already awarded to them in settlements or by judges or juries, but the proposal being pushed in the House could unnecessarily increase local governments’ insurance costs. The resulting opposition from cities, counties and school districts is stymieing reform, and has led to senseless vows that no one this year will be granted the payouts to which they are entitled.
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